Recent content by jbutts718

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    Michigan 79, Illinois 69 POSTGAME

    Yep....Griffin and Jones aren't going to play until they improve their dismal defense. For every steal or tipped pass with their long arms, they give up 4 layups because they lose their man or get beat off the dribble. Most Freshman earn their minutes on defense first.......these 2 will be...
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    Northwestern 68, Illinois 66 POSTGAME

    Hard to win games when you don’t have 1 Upperclassmen that is a true Big 10 caliber starter. Complain about coaching all you want......until more talent is brought in they won’t win very often.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January-February 2018)

    They need the following next year or it will be a long season again: 1) A big or 2!! Preferably, a guy or 2 in the mold of the old Michigan St. bruisers. Guys who go after every rebound.....can make a layup and dunk....and are strong enough to defend the post. I don't want anybody that...
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    UNLV 89, Illinois 82 POSTGAME

    I'm not worried about record with this team...... I just watch the quality of play. I watch an offense that has a plan. I watch the kids competing much harder. Yep...going to lose a bunch of games because they are so young and small. I guess we can talk in a year or 2......there will...
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    UNLV 89, Illinois 82 POSTGAME

    I have to laugh at..... some of these posts. What were you all expecting to see this year?? We have 1 legitimate big kid.....and he is somewhat undersized. We have no Center. We are playing 3 true freshman guards extensive minutes. If you all can't see how much better this team is than...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2017)

    Why does everyone assume..... that we made the decision we did for the benefit of future commits from the Fire? I don;t think are coaches are that naïve. They were given a choice......AYO or THT. Whether you agree or not.....they chose AYO. I don't think they are expecting the Fire to...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2017)

    Nothing is for certain...... but if he is going to Wake Forest Ayo is really screwing with a lot of people. Don't think he would do this to Chin if his father and the Irvin's are really as tight with Chin as they say. If it was Wake......the Illinois side would know and it would be out.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (October 2017)

    So much for the Finn...... recruiting for 2018 all comes down to this weekend and Ayo.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (July-August 2017)

    They need him to..... visit when students are on campus. The danger of summer visit is campus is dead.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2017)

    As a parent..... that has 3 kids playing college sports. I thought it was my job to get my kids as much information and as many opportunities as I could. Took them each to multiple visits....pointed out the good/bad (at least from my perspective) of each school. But, at the end of the...
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    Illini Coaching Staff

    Sorry....Chuck Martin. Same folks who were indicating Chuck Martin earlier in week seem to have flipped and are now saying Coleman. Not sure if anybody knows anything. Been incredibly quiet from the Illinois side.....maybe Whitman is rubbing off on everyone.:)
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    Illini Coaching Staff

    There is a post on Scout's Free Board...... that we are/were in a bidding war with South Carolina over Chuck Martin. Who knows? Several posts earlier in the week were indicating that Martin hadn't been announced so he could recruit during the "dead period". Appears.....very few actually...
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    Illini Coaching Staff

    Besides the fact...... the big kid that Brey took is not a bad player. He has played a reserve tole the last couple of years and been a very active defender and rebounder. We could have used a kid like that for 10 minutes a game.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2017)

    Since we already have 2 small PG's...... that will be on the roster (1 Frosh and 1 Soph), not sure I see the fit. With Williams as a Combo and potentially Smith (bigger PG), only way I see Hardy coming is if Frazier doesn't come (which seems very unlikely). I would expect us to be looking...
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    Illini Coaching Staff

    As a matter of fact...... ...probably also the reason Gentry hasn't been announced in his support role. 2 guys able to recruit during a dead period because they aren't employees of Illinois yet.